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Profitable planet-friendly farming will be in the spotlight at next month’s Low Carbon Agriculture show which takes place on 6-7 March. Organisers and exhibitors... Low carbon extravaganza for sustainable agriculture

Profitable planet-friendly farming will be in the spotlight at next month’s Low Carbon Agriculture show which takes place on 6-7 March.

Organisers and exhibitors are putting the finishing touches to the two day event which is expected to attract thousands of growers and livestock producers to the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The show combines four events in one – focusing on Energy Now, Environmental Business, Farm Technology and Low Emission Vehicles – with a big focus on net zero and sustainable agriculture.

Experts will be on hand to help guide farmers and landowners through the energy, environmental, and farming transition – away from fossil fuels and towards more renewable sources of power.

Critical role

Event founder and organiser David Jacobmeyer said: “Interest in information about sustainable practices and plans in farming has never been higher and we’re excited to see this event grow each and every year.

“The farming community has a critical role to play in reaching net zero, and there is a growing need for farmers, landowners, tech companies and suppliers to come together to find ways to boost production sustainably while helping to address climate change.”

The event is free to attend. Visitors will be able to network with other progressive farmers, agricultural professionals, and industry leaders actively seeking innovative carbon-reduction solutions.

More than 100 speakers will address topics that will help tackle climate change through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technologies and best practice in both environmental and energy management.

Renewable energy, for example, can help keep a lid on farm costs – with technologies such as solar PV providing power more cheaply than traditional alternatives with a reasonable return on capital investment.

Event partners include the NFU and the Country Land and Business Association. Experts will provide insight and guidance on environmental best practice, regenerative farming, the integration of low carbon technologies and government policy.

NFU deputy president Tom Bradshaw said: “At a time when food and energy security are rightly high on everyone’s minds, the show provides targeted support for producing climate-friendly food, energy and fibre.

“It is an ideal opportunity for farmers to come together to explore opportunities and build resilient businesses.”

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Milestone report for carbon accounting standards

Long-awaited guidance on standards for carbon reporting by farmers has been published after a government review.

The new report – Harmonisation of Carbon Accounting Tools for Agriculture – highlights the need for greater accuracy from carbon calculation tools and suggests compliance standards when carrying out on-farm carbon assessments.

The food and farming sectors have long sought guidance for on-farm carbon reporting, which is currently unregulated. Some 81 global carbon calculators were reviewed, with the report analysing in detail the six most relevant for UK farming.

The document says the poor alignment of old tools to modern standards is restricting the ability of farmers to generate revenue by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. incentives and requirements around emissions reduction.

It recommends using tools that present reliable data, in line with ISO standards 14064:2 and 14067 and the draft GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removals guidance which is supportive of the Science Based Targets initiative.

Emily Pope, managing director of knowledge and collaboration at natural capital software company Trinity AgTech, said she was optimistic about the impact of the report, which denoted clear minimum standards for carbon accounting tools.

Dr Pope said: “Most businesses currently doing carbon accounting in the UK rely on old tools that adhere to outdated standards, such as PAS2050:2011 – or methods that do not adhere to a recognised standard or protocol.

“These tools fail to represent the complexity of modern agriculture. That’s why this report was so desperately needed, businesses need to understand which standards to align to and which software achieves these standards.”